The Air came out last fall, and of all the iPads in the past year, it’s the one that received the biggest design overhaul. It looks a lot like the iPad Pro with its thin borders, flat edges, and lack of a circular home button. There’s still no FaceID on this model, but Apple has moved the TouchID sensor to the slim lock button on the side of the panel. It also has a USB-C port for charging, and like the iPad Pros, it can be used with Apple’s luxurious Magic Keyboard accessory (which is actually still on sale now). If you’re a note taker or an artist, you’ll be able to use the second-generation Apple Pencil with the Air as well.
We were impressed by Air’s charming Liquid Retina display, fast performance and WiFi speeds and long battery life. It’s worth noting that the Air was the first Apple device to use the company’s A14 Bionic chip, and it represents a big part of the tablet’s performance improvements. Apple estimated the battery life to be 10 hours, but we were able to get up to 12.5 hours in our testing.
Apple has closed much of the gap between the iPad Pro and the Air with this new model. If you’re comfortable skipping the advanced features included in the Pros (like FaceID, LiDAR, and a four-speaker setup), the Air will save you money and probably serve you as well. And if fun color options mean a lot to you, the Air is definitely the way to go.
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